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Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Launchbury

Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) Information Innovation Office

Dr. John Launchbury is the Director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) at DARPA. In this role he develops strategy and works with I2O program managers to develop new programs and transition program products.

Before joining DARPA, Dr. Launchbury was chief scientist of Galois, Inc., which he founded in 1999 to address challenges in information assurance through the application of functional programming and formal methods. Under his leadership, the company experienced strong growth and was recognized for thought leadership in high-assurance technology development.

Prior to founding Galois, Dr. Launchbury was a full professor at the OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU (Oregon). He earned awards for outstanding teaching and gained international recognition for his work on the analysis and semantics of programming languages, the Haskell programming language in particular.

Dr. Launchbury received first-class honors in mathematics from Oxford University, holds a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Glasgow and won the British Computer Society’s distinguished dissertation prize. In 2010, Dr. Launchbury was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Full bio.

Ray Rothrock

CEO at Redseal and Partner Emeritus at Venrock

Presently Ray is CEO of RedSeal, a cybersecurity company. Ray Rothrock is a long-time thought leader in cyber security and a successful investor in the sector. He joined RedSeal as CEO in February 2014. Focusing early on Internet infrastructure and security, he has an extraordinary track record in cybersecurity investments. He often consults on trends, strategies and technologies in cybersecurity markets. Earlier this year, Ray attended the White House CyberSecurity Summit held at Stanford University.

Prior to RedSeal, Ray was a managing general partner at Venrock retiring in 2013 after 25 years. At Venrock, he invested in 53 companies including more than a dozen in cybersecurity, including Check Point Software, Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA, and Shape Security in addition to leading the energy investment program and the Internet investment program in the firm. He remains on the board of Check Point Software (NASDAQ: CHKP) and several other Venrock investments. Ray was the 2012-13 chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.

Rhonda MacLean

CEO, McLean Risk Partners; Board of Directors Member, Redseal and ThreatMetrix; Member, AXELOS CREATe

With more than 30 years of information technology industry expertise Ms. MacLean founded a private risk management consulting company, MacLean Risk Partners, LLC. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several innovative cyber security and fraud prevention companies including RedSeal Systems and ThreatMetrix, Inc. Ms. MacLean currently provides industry specific leadership on AXELOS’ Cyber Resiliency Executive Action Team. Ms. MacLean formerly served on the Board of Directors of Vontu and PGP Corporation, leading technology companies dedicated to providing data protection and data loss solutions, both acquired by Symantec.

Prior to establishing MacLean Risk Partners, she was the Chief Information Security Officer for the Boeing Corporation, Bank of America and Barclays, PLC, Global Retail and Commercial Bank in London. Major accomplishments as the global executive in these roles included: industry leading security enhancements that significantly increased adoption of both on-line consumer and business to business ecommerce; led ISO27001 certification; received numerous industry awards for cyber risk management projects that promoted customer confidence and increased revenue opportunities; responsible for leading crisis management teams for cyber security and privacy related events LinkedIn profile

Daniel Ennis

Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM), the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative, and CEO of DRE Consulting.

Daniel Ennis is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM), and the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative. He is also CEO of DRE Consulting. In these roles, he leverages over 36 years of U.S. Government service, principally with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).

Prior to his retirement from in November 2015, Ennis was the Director of the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC). NTOC is responsible for conducting 24/7 cryptologic activities to discover, characterize, and proactively counter cyber threats to U.S. national security systems and other networks of interest, while protecting the legal rights of U.S. persons. Bio and interview.

Panelists: The Evolving Threat to Critical Infrastructure

Rick Howard

Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Rick is the Palo Alto Networks Chief Security Officer. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Rick was the TASC Chief Information Security Officer where he managed the security of both the classified and unclassified TASC networks. Rick also led the Verisign iDefense Cyber Security Intelligence business as the GM and Intelligence Director in charge of a multinational network of security experts who delivered cyber security intelligence products to Fortune 500 companies. He also led the intelligence-gathering activities at Counterpane Internet Security and ran Counterpane’s global network of Security Operations Centers.

He served in the US Army for 23 years in various command and staff positions involving information technology and computer security and spent the last 2 years of his career as the US Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team Chief (ACERT). Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy. He has published numerus academic papers on technology and security and has contributed as an executive editor for “Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” and “Cyber Security Essentials.”

Casey Fleming

Chairman and CEO, BLACKOPS Partners Corporation


T. Casey Fleming serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BLACKOPS Partners Corporation, the leading intelligence, think tank, strategy, and cybersecurity advisors to senior leadership of the world’s largest organizations in the private sector, government, military, and academia. Mr. Fleming is widely recognized as the top thought-leader, leading expert, and speaker on intelligence, strategy, national security, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, and cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recently named him Cybersecurity Professional of the Year. Mr. Fleming led organizations for IBM Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, and Good Technology. He served as the founding managing director of IBM’s highly successful Cyber division. Mr. Fleming earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and has participated in executive programs with Harvard Business School and The Wharton School.

Richard Naylor

Senior Cyber Advisor and Deputy Director CounterIntelligence, Defense Security Service

Mr. Naylor is the Senior Cyber Advisor to the Director, DSS and Deputy Director for CounterIntelligence including Cyber Operations. Mr. Naylor is responsible for executing DSS’ Cyber operations in the National Industrial Security Program. He joined the Defense Security Service in September 2011 as the Ch, CyberSecurity Division.

Mr. Naylor is the recipient of the 2015 Symantec-Government Cyber Award (Federal – Defense/Intelligence). Each year, these Cyber Awards recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in government cyber security through contributions to programs that protect data and systems. Mr. Naylor also led the DSS cyber team to the DoD’s 2013 CounterIntelligence Functional Services Team of the year.

Prior to his DSS appointment, he was the Deputy Director, Communications, Computers, Architectures and Chief Information Officer, USCYBER COMMAND. Full bio.

Moderator: Dr. Daniel Ragsdale

Director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center and Professor of Practice

Dr. Daniel Ragsdale is the founding director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Ragsdale previously served as a DARPA Program Manager and successfully led and managed a $175M research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified cybersecurity and educational programs.

Before joining DARPA, Dr. Ragsdale served 30 years in the U.S. Army in a wide array of operational, educational, and research and development settings. During his Army career, Colonel (retired) Ragsdale participated in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). Dr. Ragsdale also served nearly 15 years at the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he was a leader in a variety of teaching and research roles. He culminating with his academy service as Vice Dean for Education, the Principal Deputy to West Point’s Chief Academic Officer.

Panelists: Emerging Technologies to Address Current and Future Threats

Dr. Tom Overbye

Researcher in Smart Grid Cyber Security

Dr. Tom Overbye is an expert in power system computational algorithms, operations, control, and visualization. Dr. Overbye is a member of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid NSF Cyber Trust Center, which is working to create an intelligent, adaptive power grid that can survive malicious adversaries, provide continuous delivery of power, and support dynamically varying trust requirements. Dr. Overbye is also concerned with improving power system trustworthiness by better using information from the growing stream of data generated by the operation of the power grid. His goal is to better present this data in order to help human operators address and contain blackouts before they cascade out of control. Full bio.

Dafina Toncheva

Partner, U.S. Venture Partners

Ms. Dafina Toncheva is a Partner of U.S. Venture Partners. Ms. Toncheva focuses on enterprise, SaaS and security software investments. Ms. Toncheva served as a Partner at Tugboat Ventures and a Principal Investor since 2010. She joined the Tugboat Ventures in 2008. Previously, Ms. Toncheva served as a Vice President at Venrock, where she was employed for two years and focused on investments in security and technology and helped expand its software investments in the areas of SaaS, virtualization, security, infrastructure, and enterprise applications with investments such as Cloudflare and Aria Systems.

Prior to Venrock, Ms. Toncheva held roles in development and product management at Microsoft Corporation and focused on authentication systems, digital signatures, and business workflow. She served as a Board Observer on the Boards of Cloudflare, PGP Corporation, Imperva Inc. and RedSeal Networks, Inc. Ms. Toncheva holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, with special focus on Cryptography, Efficient Algorithms, and Database Systems from Harvard University.

Joseph Weiss

Managing Director, ISA99 Applied Control Solutions

Joseph Weiss is an industry expert on control systems and electronic security of control systems, with more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Weiss spent more than 14 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he led a variety of programs including the Y2K Embedded Systems Program and, the cyber security for digital control systems.

As Technical Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure Security (EIS) Program, he provided technical and outreach leadership for the energy industry’s critical infrastructure protection (CIP) program. He was responsible for developing many utility industry security primers and implementation guidelines. He was also the EPRI Exploratory Research lead on instrumentation, controls, and communications. Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous organizations related to control system security. He served as the Task Force Lead for review of information security impacts on IEEE standards. He is also a Director on ISA’s Standards and Practices Board. He has also responded to numerous Government Accountability Office (GAO) information requests on cyber security and Smart Grid issues.

Moderator: Mladen Kezunovic

Director of the Smart Grid Center and Professor at Texas A&M University

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is a Eugene E. Webb endowed Regents Professor at Texas A&M University since 1986. Dr. Kezunovic serves several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He also acted as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide, and served three terms (2009-2013) as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities. He has also served as CEO and Principal Consultant of XpertPower Associates for over 20 years.

Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published over 500 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow, and registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.

Panelists: Policy to Address Current and Future Threats

Erik Gartzke

Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) and Professor of Political Science

Erik Gartzke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Pacific Security at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2007.

Professor Gartzke’s research focuses on war, peace and international institutions. His ongoing project on cyberwar and the automation of military conflict focuses on an understanding cybersecurity as an ever evolving battlefield. This is a natural extension of his interests in nuclear security, the liberal peace, alliances, uncertainty and war, deterrence theory, and the evolving technological nature of interstate conflict. He has written on the effects of commerce, economic development, system structure and climate change on war. Professor Gartzke’s research appears in numerous academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Politics, World Politics, and elsewhere. Personal website.

Robert (Bob) Butler

Co-Founder and Managing Director Cyber Strategies LLC

With over 34 years experience in intelligence, information technology, and national security as a part of both public and private sectors, Robert Butler is currently Managing Director at Cyber Strategies LLC.

Previously, he served as the Chief Security Officer for IO, a global data center service and product firm. He has consulted as a Special Government Expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and other organizations on cyber security and enterprise risk management. He also serves as a fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS) and is a member of the Texas State Cyber Security, Education and Economic Development Council. Prior to assuming his current roles, Mr. Butler served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy (August 2009-August 2011.) In this role, Mr. Butler acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and other Defense leaders on the development of cyber strategy and policy.

Scott Tousley

Deputy Director of Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security

Scott Tousley is the Deputy Director of Cyber Security Division (CSD) within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Advanced Research Projects Agency. His responsibilities include organizational liaison, Integrated Product Team (IPT) management and support, and project leadership for educational/operational efforts such as the Computer Security Incident Response (CSIRT) project. He also supports several initiatives in critical infrastructure protection and cyber-physical systems.

Tousley served 20 years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, many of these years in interagency technology programs. He lead the Watch/Warning program in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, part of the Clinton Administration’s early engagement with national cyber security challenges. He also previously managed the operations security team for a large internet service provider, was the principal with a technology start-up company in the private sector, and was program manager at the DHS National Cybersecurity Division. He has served nine years with DHS, principally with S&T but also with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and supporting Customs and Borders Protection. Official bio.

Jacquelyn Schneider

Instructor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies / Affiliated faculty member of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies


Jacquelyn G. Schneider is an Instructor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cyber, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia. Her work has appeared in print in Journal of Conflict Resolution and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and on-line at War on the Rocks, The Washington Post, The National Interest, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and The Center for a New American Security. Jacquelyn is an active member of the defense policy community with previous adjunct positions at RAND and the Center for a New American Security. She previously served as an active duty Air Force officer in South Korea and Japan and is currently a reservist assigned to U.S. Cyber Command.
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Moderator: Andrew Ross

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the National Security Affairs Program

At the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Dr. Andrew L. Ross is director of the National Security Affairs program and a senior fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Professor Ross’ previous appointment was at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he served as director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Policy. He led UNM’s University Strategic Partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and served as the program manager for UNM’s Educational Partnership Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Prior to his appointment at UNM in 2005, Professor Ross spent sixteen years at the U.S. Naval War College, where he served as a research professor in the Strategic Research Department (SRD) of the College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies; director of studies, SRD; director of the College’s project, entitled “Military Transformation and the Defense Industry After Next” Full bio.

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